Besides being a children’s book author and illustrator myself, I am also married to an award winning children’s book author and illustrator – Dublin native Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick. So there are two of us in Somerset House rere. (now before anyone corrects me on the spelling of “rere”, the Irish are allowed to spell rear either “rear”, or ” rere”.) Anyway, This is the latest picturebook by Marie-Louise, titled There. It has been shortlisted (nominated) for the prestigious “Bisto” award. There is a charming and poetic book about a girl that ponders the question – “What will it be like, when I get there? A allegorical poem about growing up.
Marie-Louise is highly respected and well loved children’s author and artist here in Ireland. Though primarily known as a writer and illustrator of picture books, she has recently completed her first 9-12 novel, Timecatcher.
due out this May(2010). Marie-Louise has won the Bisto award twice before – both times for picturebooks. In 2001 for Izzy and Skunk, and 2003 for, You and Me and the Great Blue Sea. It is the highest honor for children’s books here in Ireland, and it is chosen from all Irish born, or resident authors of picturebooks, novels and early readers published that year. The 2010 award winner will be announced late in May. The award is presented by CBI – Children’s Books Ireland.
(The name Bisto is a kind of gravy…. and also happens to be the sponsor of the award. Years ago Bisto would have had a well known series of television ads here in Ireland, portraying children having a wonderful time…eating gravy… so the association stuck.)